Tuesday’s Treats #188

Bare Bones Steakhouse

Location: Buford, GA

*If you’re a regular reader here on Tuesday’s Treats, you will recognize this name from a post quite a while ago, Tuesday’s Treats #28. I am reviewing this again (or maybe just adding to), because we ate here again a few days ago, and it’s worth telling. Also, sorry for the lack of pics for this Tuesday’s Treats, we were eating with friends and enjoying such great fellowship, I didn’t pull out my phone even one time! You can see a few of the pics on the TT #28. 😉

This place is still ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! It is very rare that you can go to a restaurant over the course of several years, and it still be as good as the first day you walked through the door. Yet, this business is worthy of that notation.

We had quite an assortment of appetizers this time: fried green tomatoes, onion rings, fried mushrooms and cauliflower, BB shrimp and lobster rolls. A few of these items were on special; so, you may or may not find them on the current menu. Let me describe them to you anyway. The fried green tomatoes were made to perfection and topped with a homemade pimento cheese that has just a little kick which makes for a delicious combination. The onion rings are piled high and roped with Grana cheese, Georgia honey and red pepper flakes. This is a surprising blend of sweet and spicy that makes your taste buds long for more. The fried mushrooms and cauliflower are exceptionally good, and that is coming from a couple whose favorites aren’t in the mushroom or cauliflower departments. The BB shrimp are similar to a common spicy shrimp found in a nearby franchise restaurant, but in my opinion, these are a bit more crispier and tastier. The lobster rolls were a special being tested for the evening, and we were asked if they should add it to the menu. Considering, we ate six of the twelve brought to the table and consumed the last six the next day at lunch, I suppose, their answer may be found in the disappearance of those little goodies.

The entrees came next, and after all those delicious appetizers, I’m not sure how we consumed all that we did, but everything was incredible. We ordered pan seared salmon, filet mignon, NY strip and the Hawaiian ribeye. The steaks almost made you want to cry, they were so good, and the salmon was probably the best I’ve ever put in my mouth. It is made simple, pan seared with salt and pepper, but the flaky goodness of the salmon is rivaled as the best in my book of comparison. As sides, they served us fried okra, Mac and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes and grits. There wasn’t one item that was just so-so or even below the top notch on the scale of perfection. It seems everything they do, from the greeting at the door to the goodbye is done with the utmost spirit of excellence.

Now, I cannot finish without describing the decadent desserts we had. As times before, I ordered the blackberry cobbler (in the little white crock), and I’m not sure it could have been any better. The fresh baked blackberries with the perfectly crusted topping just about sent me to heaven and back. (*Do be careful how quickly you take those first few bites. The crock definitely holds in the heat; it would be a shame to singe your tongue as you get started!) I still cannot believe I consumed almost that entire thing! My husband wanted a few bites, and honestly, I had to resist the thought of a selfish growl thrown in his direction. He ordered the special apple cobbler, also baked in those sweet little crocks, and it was just as scrumptious. It was almost a struggle for me to choose my favorite. Our boys ordered the flourless brownie and cream puffs, and let me pause right here to say, my whole brood of guys never want any kind of dessert described as “flourless” cake, believing it to not be of much tasteful worth; however, our youngest already having had this, knew what to expect. Well, let me assure you, there wasn’t a drop of chocolate left on the plate, and my husband had to instruct our youngest to slow down on his consumption. Our oldest thoroughly enjoyed the cream puffs filled with delicate, creamy, whipped chocolate.

If you haven’t been to this restaurant by now, you are surely missing out on a delectable and exquisite fare. Everything is still farm to table and a made from scratch precision. The staff is incredibly friendly; the manager, who is also the owners’ son, is engaging, helpful and enjoyably conversational, and the owners are kind and wonderful to meet, as well as, to get to know. Their business seems to be thriving, and I hope it will continue for many, many years to come.

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*I do not possess nor do I own this picture. This is from the website.

Tuesday’s Treats #183

Brookwood Grill

Location: Roswell, Ga

Ok, so where do I begin? “What’s good?,” you ask. I would have to counter ask, “What’s NOT good?” Holy smokes! This place is absolutely amazing!

The salmon critters are a must to begin. I’m not at all crazy about the alfalfa sprouts on top, but to each his own; they’re easy enough to knock off. I don’t even know what the three sauces are that are beautifully displayed on the plate, but swipe your fritter right through all three before taking a bite, and you’ll thank me for it! The Caesar salad is delicious with homemade croutons atop and a honey-buttered croissant to the side. Oh. My.

A fresh catch is available everyday; so, be sure to ask if the server doesn’t, which isn’t likely. The swordfish and snapper were the feature the two different days we ate, and each one was incredible. The menu original salmon is also delicious, and we always opt for the grit cake and grilled corn for the sides. Wow. They also have great burgers and many other choices you will love.

Now, for the “crème de la crème.” Dessert. Three words: Key Lime Pie. Remember, we visited The Florida Keys and became quite the connoisseurs, and this one passes the test, especially with the mile high, homemade whip cream on top, a dash of blueberries and a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Drop. The. Mic. …I know there are a few other desserts on the menu, but my dreamy state has made my mind forget. 😂

UPDATE:

Just revisited the other day, and it was still amazing!! Need to mention, the Key Lime Pie is, evidently, a seasonal dessert. So, they had just switched that day. Pumpkin pie and Georgia Peach Cobbler. So, our friends ordered the cobbler, and our son had the NY Style Strawberry Cheesecake. Everything was still phenomenal. Note, I’m not a crazy fan of peach cobbler, but this is NOT your ordinary peach cobbler. It has pecans and ooey-gooey-goodness on top! And that cheesecake? It was almost as high as that key lime pie, and it’s all cheesecake. No fluff. 😉 Here’s a pic…

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Tuesday’s Treats #181

Mezzaluna Brick Oven Tap House

Location: Hendersonville, NC

This place is a great place to enjoy a nice lunch. It has a great atmosphere, and the staff is friendly. There are nice wooden booths, tables and chairs and a large high top bar. If you have a really large party, they’ve even got a really cool HUGE booth that will seat a gazillion. lol.

What is surprising is the menu. The host gave us about four of them, a regular lunch menu, a daily specials, a daily lunch cordials and then, the wine list. For the most part, it seems to be an italian fare, with build your own pizza (wood fire, brick oven), calzones, etc. However, the surprise was on the daily specials, they offered grilled swordfish, Chilean Sea Bass and grilled salmon and chicken marsala. It doesn’t really strike you as a “fancy” italian restaurant, but the menu defining offers it.

The cheese moons, pepperoni pizza, lasagna and calzone we ordered were all amazing. The cheese moons are just like mozzarella sticks, except in the shape of half moons, and they are yummy. Our son asked for Parmesan for his pizza, and the waiter brought fresh grated Parmesan on a side plate. Wow. The lasagna was like homemade, and I was so thankful I ordered the lunch special of 1/2 an order and a side salad. I could barely finish it, and my husband ate some of the salad. It was definitely a generous portion. The calzone was chocked full of the ingredients (you decide), and the crust was very tasty and just the right consistency: soft on the inside, cooked with a bit of a crunch on the outside and bottom.

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Tuesday’s Treats #178

131 Main (@Biltmore Village)

Location: Asheville, NC

I’m not sure I can say enough GOOD about this place! Oh. My. Goodness! Everything was absolutely incredible, from the iron skillet cornbread to the fresh catch mahi mahi, from the Caesar salads to the cheeseburger and hickory plank grill salmon to the chef’s special filet medallion. Be assured, all the ingredients are fresh, even the seafood is shipped in fresh every morning from the coast, never frozen. The sides of fries, white cheddar grits and red-skinned potatoes were also delicious.

Yet, we’d have to say the desserts were rightly tied for the most delicious dishes. First, they were huge servings, and second, they were the best homemade brownie and key lime pie we think we’ve ever had (and we’ve been to The Keys)! Honestly, it was totally unexpected. Usually, you get a little slice of key lime and a generic type of brownie, but their desserts are all made in-house, and it shows! ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!

Please note, the menu prices are not incredibly cheap; so, be sure to take your wallet. 😂 It’s so very worth it!!

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Tuesday’s Treats #175

Square Root

Location: Brevard, NC

We are here three times during our vacation. The first two times were absolutely amazing…the third time, maybe not so much. The atmosphere is great, but if you want a corner or wall seat, you need to make reservations or arrive early. It gets crazy packed. There is also nice outside seating for both lunch and dinner.

The pretzel barrel app is crazy good! The pretzel is delicious along with the smoked Gouda, Swiss, salami, ham, pimento cheese, and mustard…the fried black eyed peas weren’t quite my taste, but you might like them.

Like I mentioned, we ate here a total of three times. The salmon on cedar plank is so very good. The first time, my husband ordered it as it is on the menu, but the next time, he ordered it with pimento cheese grits. Oh. My. The egg battered fried grouper sandwich, on a pretzel bun, is very tasty. The burgers are amazing, and our son loved the kids pepperoni pizza.

The second time we were here, my husband had his salmon on the grits, and I ordered the chicken marsala, and both were Oh. My. Word. Amazing!!

The third time we ate here, the pretzel board and the pizza was still amazing; however, the grouper sandwich, BLGT (bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato) and rabbit gumbo, maybe not so much. The waitress was kind enough to remove the sandwich charge, and we went next door for chocolates; so, all is good. 😉 oh, and the sides were all tasty: sautéed zucchini, fries, salad, fried zucchini slices.

The desserts were scrumptious; even if the key lime pie didn’t have a stitch of key lime in it! 😂 It actually was an amazing taste of sweetened condensed milk creamy goodness on an Oreo crust. The tuxedo cake was also delicious with it’s three different, creamy chocolate-y goodness.

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Tuesday’s Treats #168

*My apologies to anyone who reads Tuesday’s Treats, and you’ve wondered where they’ve been! They’re back online, and, hopefully, here to stay for awhile!😉*

Marco’s Trattoria

Location: Brevard, NC

We dropped by here after a long day of traveling, and we had plans to simply feed our teenage son and get a “little bite of something.” Well, a bread basket, two soups, salad, cheese pizza (for son), and an entree of baked halibut later, we left stuffed!! 😂 Everything was delicious, and we will definitely be back!

The italian bread basket is served with an olive oil/herb mix that is incredible. The tomato basil soup and crab bisque was amazing, and the halibut was tasty. We ordered both soups, because we wanted to taste each. I think we both enjoyed the tomato basil a bit more than the crab, but each one was unique and delicious.

The baked halibut had a lemon garlic sauce and topped with crab meat. Halibut is one of my favorite fish, and you can’t find it all the time; thus, the reason we splurged. Honestly, I’m not sure I’d order it again. It was definitely tasty, but we both decided we like grilled or blackened halibut best. The salad was also tasty, as was the pizza.

They do make the pizzas with King Arthur’s non-bleached, non-bromated flour; so, that made me very happy. (It’s better for you… if you can consider pizza “healthy.”😂) If you’ve not had this type, it’s makes the crust a tad bit sweeter and more filling than regular pizza dough, and the ingredients on top were delicious! They have several “pre-made” types, and they have a build-your-own choice with a plethora of toppings.

The atmosphere is nice, and there are tables and chairs, as well as, a few booths and outdoor seating. We are here on a Monday night, and the host asked if we had reservations. We didn’t and we’re led to a nice corner table, but when a booth opened up, we did ask if we could move there. The waitress said she’s have to see if it was reserved; so, apparently, if you want a particular seat I think the house, be sure to call ahead.

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Tuesday’s Treats #162

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Location: Several

Specifically: Norcross, Ga.

To those who faithfully check here on Tuesdays, my sincerest apologies for not having a Tuesday’s Treat up this week! Because I often post ahead from week to week, I had (wrongly) assumed I was caught up when I saw several likes and comments in my notifications on Tuesday, and I should have actually checked the site! 🙄🤦‍♀️😑 I’m glad I realized it tonight; so, I could post a new place for you! Maybe you’ll be able to check it out this weekend. 😉

Pappadeaux’s is an amazing seafood restaurant! You’ll want to start with the delicious and Huge coconut shrimp. Yum! Then, it really just depends on what type of seafood you are in the mood for when it comes to ordering your entree.

They have shrimp and grits, jambalaya, fried shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters and even octopus, 🐙 each with a nice cajun flair. Last fall, I had halibut with hazelnuts in a creamy white wine sauce. Oh my goodness! Talk about mouthwatering good! They have fresh, “Naked” fish with grouper, red fish and mahi mahi, just to name a few, all with a choice of preparation.

The sides are just as delicious, like broccolini, spaghetti squash, butternut squash and hazelnuts, cheese Grits andouille and corn. Wow! The butternut squash with hazelnuts is crazy good!

And you know, I couldn’t leave such an amazing meal without having dessert! They will bring you a whole dessert tray with all kinds of decadents! We decided on the key lime pie and the turtle fudge brownie. Holy Moly! Talk about feeling like you’ve just died and gone to heaven! These two are A. M. A. Z. I. N. G. !! It would be hard for me to choose between the two!! Delish! If these two just don’t do it for ya, the bayou chocolate cake is out of this world as well, and a friend of mine has had their creme brûlée. She said it’s one of the best she’s ever had!

There are so many locations, that you’ll need to check their website to find one close to you. There are a ton in Texas, and there are four in Georgia alone. If you live further north, you might just have to find one while one a Southern vacation… 😉 You won’t regret it!

Tuesday’s Treats #153

Hugo’s Oyster bar

Location: Roswell, Georgia

Ok, so let me begin by saying, This restaurant will surprise you!” We chose this, simply, because we were returning from Atlanta, and it was rated #7 on TripAdvisor. The restaurant we wanted (that’s higher on the list) had a 45 minute wait at lunchtime, and we didn’t want to travel to downtown, where several of the other restaurants listed #1-6 on TripAdvisor are located. So, we chose Hugo’s.

Upon arrival, we pull into a corner, city lot, drive completely around the building, as the parking is a bit limited, and park on the far side of the building. Now, this gives us a chance to see all the “ugly” of the backside of the building, and to be honest, it is quite ugly. The building is painted white, which would be fine if it didn’t need some pressure washing. There was a camp chair just sitting on one side. The back of the building really needs an enclosure for all the stuff that’s back there, and the side where we entered was just, in general, in a bit of dishevelment. I don’t mean to be nit picky here; I’m only trying to set the stage for you, because as we entered, my husband and I were very hesitant, and had it not been noon, we might have just left. His last words before we walked in the door were, “Well, this is one of those times, we’re just going to have to trust TripAdvisor.”

TripAdvisor did not fail us!! Let me tell you…

Everything was absolutely phenomenal!! We ordered fried green tomatoes, as an appetizer, blackened red fish with creamed corn and fried okra, blackened grouper with Mac and cheese truffle and red beans and rice, and a filet with fries. The filet just melted in your mouth! Both fish were cooked to perfection, and the sides were incredible! Note, the creamed corn is prepared more of a southwestern style; so, it’s a little different if you’re expecting a southern style, but it was still quite tasty. The okra seemed to be hand-breaded in house, and it has just the right amount of salt and pepper: delicious! The Mac and cheese was homemade and amazing, and the fries were your traditional steakhouse fries. Yum!

Yet, these delectable dishes were almost completely outshined by what came next… DESSERT! OH. MY. WORD. Let me share for just a moment…

My husband ordered the key lime pie, and even though I didn’t share the pic, because it really didn’t have a great eye appeal, it tasted just like one of our favorite key lime pies from The Keys. The chocolate cake our son ordered was wonderful. It looked very small on the plate, but it was so rich, it packed a mighty punch! However, the most amazing dessert was the praline beignets. HOLY. MOLY!! WOW!! The little doughnuts alone would have been incredible, but that praline syrup with which they’re served… Can I just drink it?? 😂 I’m going to definitely be craving these again! Wow!

A couple of disclaimers so you know ahead of time… when they bring you the check, be prepared to get your feelings hurt. It’ll be a big one. 😉 Yet, this kind of food is definitely worth it! … if you go for lunch, and the the server doesn’t give you a dinner menu, you might want one. That’s what has the appetizers and market fish list. … if you don’t like oysters, as I do not, don’t be turned off by the limited lunch menu. Those po’boys liked amazing as they were being served to other tables, and you can order a half with soup and salad, which we may just go back and try sometime…if I can get past the amazing grouper!

This place just goes to prove, you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Had we not been in the circumstances of lunch hour in Roswell, because of the look of the backside of the building, and because we’re not huge oyster fans, we may not have stayed to enjoy such an amazing meal! We will definitely be back!!

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Tuesday’s Treats #144

Firebirds Steakhouse and Grill

Location: Montgomery, Al

This place had amazing atmosphere, wonderful staff and incredible food. We will definitely be back!

Tuesday’s Treats #143

Tommy Bahama’s

Location: Sandestin (or Miramar Beach), Fl

Yeah, I thought I’d just go ahead and tempt you with dessert first, cuz these were AMAZING!! That top one is a homemade pineapple crepe brûlée in a real pineapple. It was delicious, and I don’t even much care for crime brûlée! 😋😂 The second was a chocolate peanut butter ganache pie and the last one is a homemade key lime pie. Oh. My!

The food was just as delicious with steak medallions, fish tacos and fish and chips (that’s fried mahi)! Everything was delicious. Actually, I know I have one more pic at the top of the featured red snapper that day. They said it’s usually good, but I, evidently got a bad one and had to send mine back that day. But it looked good and the almond rice, zucchini and squash side dish was delicious. I just opted for the fish and chips, because it was amazing!

Enjoy! Tommy Bahamas